Tooth Extractions in Lake St. Louis, MO

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Removing Damaged Teeth

Our top priority here at New Creation Dental Care is providing our patients with the healthiest smiles possibles. We try our best to save your natural teeth by helping you maintain them, but certain circumstances require to extract natural teeth and replace them with natural-looking restorations if necessary.

If your teeth are severely decayed or damaged and we’re unable to save them, the best option is to extract them. We’ll numb the area before removing the teeth to make sure the procedure is completely painless.

 

Gaps caused by missing teeth can be dangerous for your dental health, however, so we may suggest replacing the teeth with dental implants. These are strong, natural-looking replacements that function like natural teeth so no one will know the difference.

Emergency Tooth Extractions

Sometimes accidents occur that cause your adult teeth to become loose or damaged. If this happens, contact Dr. Boscia at (636) 625-12225 to learn about your options.

If your tooth falls out, try placing it back into the socket immediately to keep it moist. If you can’t, place it in a glass of milk to keep it alive.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Another reason you may need to visit our office is to have your wisdom teeth extracted. This third set of molars often time grows in crooked, causing pain and may result in your teeth shifting. Wisdom teeth can be removed before or after they’ve grown in, so contact Dr. Boscia to have him examine yours.

Caring For Your Mouth After the Extraction

After the procedure, your mouth will be sore for a few days. We recommend that you follow specific aftercare directions. This involves taking it easy for a few days and eating soft foods.

Aftercare For Adults

Although you may want to get back to work right away, we recommend resting for at least the first 24 hours after your tooth extraction. Too much movement right after the procedure can cause the blood cot to become loose and put you at risk for infection.

Dr. Boscia also recommends taking pain medication as necessary, icing your mouth if it becomes inflamed, not using a straw, and avoiding smoking for at least 24 hours.

Aftercare For Children

Depending on the age of the child, parents may need to take note of their children’s aftercare instructions to ensure they’re following them closely. The aftercare instructions are similar to the ones listed above. Encourage your child to rinse with saltwater and avoid touching their mouth during the healing period.

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Complications Thay May Occur After The Procedure

If the above care instructions aren’t strictly followed, you may develop an oral infection or intense pain. Complications can occur during the procedure as well, but they can be handled quickly.

Nerve Injury

While it rarely occurs, it’s possible to suffer nerve damage during tooth extraction surgery. This complication can be temporary, but occasionally it can become permanent. Contact our office if you experience tingling in your gums.

Infection

If you notice severe pain or swelling in or around the extraction site, you may have an infection. Ice the area and take pain killers temporarily until you’re able to come into our office to receive antibiotics.

Dry Socket

When the blood clot in your gums is dislodged, it can create a painful complication called dry socket. It can be caused by bacteria or trauma. If this occurs, contact us to receive antibiotics.

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Frequently Asked Questions

H3: How long does a tooth extraction take?

The entire process usually takes about 30-45 minutes, depending on how many teeth you’re having extracted.

What do I do after a tooth extraction?

After tooth extraction, it’s essential to rest, eat soft foods, and avoid smoking or using a straw.

How long after tooth extraction can I eat?

You can eat soft foods after the gauze has been removed from the extraction site.

How long after tooth extraction can I smoke?

It’s recommended that you wait at least 48 hours before smoking.

How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

The entire healing process takes about 7-10 days.

What do I do if the site of my extraction is infected?

If you experience pain in your extraction site, contact us immediately so we can clean it out and provide you with antibiotics.

Is a tooth extraction painful?

Dr. Boscia will numb the area around your tooth being extracted to ensure the procedure is painless. For some extractions such as wisdom teeth removal, he may provide you with sedation.

Should I feel pain in the days after my tooth extraction?

It’s normal to experience pain for the first few days after your tooth is extracted, and Dr. Boscia recommends taking pain medications as necessary.

Can a tooth extraction cause other teeth to hurt?

Since your gums will be sensitive after your tooth extraction, the area around these teeth may become sore as well. Ice your mouth if this occurs to ensure the inflammation doesn’t spread.

Schedule Your Tooth Extraction Consultation Today

If your teeth are decayed, damaged, or causing you pain, don’t hesitate to contact us at (636) 625-1225. Dr. Boscia will evaluate your teeth and determine if any need to be extracted.

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